New Delhi: Jun 2, 2012
The National Commission for Women on Saturday demanded one-time payment benefit for former women cricket players from the profits of the Indian Premier League (IPL), as was done recently for their male counterparts.
"Why this discrimination? A woman is second to none. If former male players are entitled to the payment, women should also get it," NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma told reporters.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had last week disbursed Rs 70 crore accrued from the IPL surplus as one-time payment benefit to 20 former international and domestic players who retired prior to 2004.
Slamming the BCCI for ignoring the "efforts of women" players, Sharma shot off a letter to Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken, seeking his intervention in the matter.
"I have raised the issue with the minister and sought his intervention. Why should a woman's efforts on the field be ignored?" Sharma asked, adding that she would soon write to BCCI president N Srinivasan as well.
She also mooted the idea of an Indian Premier League featuring women cricket players.
"Why shouldn't we have an all-women IPL? The NCW will have a meeting on the issue and raise this with the BCCI as well soon," she said. (PTI)